Port of Santos BTP Berth 1 reopens ahead of schedule


BTP’s container terminal at the Port of Santos concludes a complex engineering project in less than five months, reconstructing a damaged dock.

Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) has announced the resumption of cargo operations at its Berth 1 in the Port of Santos, following the early completion of a project executed in less than five months.

The container operations at BTP Berth 1 were preventively suspended by the company on 19 January 2024, after the breaking of a mooring line of a vessel docked at the terminal.

“Our priority is to prepare BTP for the next 20 years of operation. With the completion of this work at the berth, we will be able to continue preparations for expanding the terminal’s quay capacity”, says BTP CEO Ricardo Arten.

At the end of 2023, Brazil’s Ministry of Ports and Airports and the Santos Port Authority extended BTP’s concession at the country’s largest container port by 20 years, until 2047.

BTP plans to invest BRL 1.9 billion (US$ 342 million) in the coming years to increase its operational capacity by 40% to 2.1m TEU a year. The investment package includes the acquisition of four new STS cranes and new fenders.

Four new STS cranes will increase the number at the terminal to 12 units, with 27 RTGs and 46 terminal tractors also being acquired.

Four new STS cranes have been ordered from ZPMC, with the first two units scheduled for delivery in September 2024. The cranes have a SWL of 65t, an outreach of 70m, a rail span of 30.48m, and a lifting height of 55m above the rail.

In addition, automation is planned for the gate and construction work will be needed to increase the capacity of the yard and to make adjustments to some of the terminal’s buildings.

BTP, in operation since 2013 and located in the Port of Santos, is a joint venture between Terminal Investment Limited and APM Terminals.

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